Could anyone really imagine ANOTHER problem at the intersection of Hamilton and Hwy. 17? As if the exit lane off Hwy. 17 to Hamilton isn't an accident waiting to happen every 3 seconds (need I say more?). I propose the off ramp of Hwy. 17 have a stop light installed with HUGE "No Turn on Red" signs. Here are the main reasons:
*Traffic coming down Hamilton and turning right on Almarida will be able to avoid merging at the last possible second with rapid flow of traffic exiting off Hwy 17.
*Stopping the oncoming traffic traveling down Hamilton and allowing the traffic exiting off Hwy 17 to have the Right of Way will allow this flow of traffic to turn right in Almarida or left into Home Depot without crossing 3 lanes of traffic causing countless delays and pile up accidents.
*Pedestrians! They will be able to cross over the Hwy. 17 off ramp without running for dear life. It becomes a blind corner. Exiting traffic looks left for oncoming traffic instead of right for pedestrians while speeding up to exit or slamming on breaks to wait to cross all 3 lanes.
This leads up to the In N Out proposal. I live and travel to and from the Castlemont Elementary area to Hwy. 17 everyday using both residential streets and Winchester/Hamilton. By adding this additional traffic barricade, there will be no way around the cluster to get to or from Hwy. 17 on main streets or residential without driving ALL the way up to Camden (adding additional congestion to another congested area) since Campbell Ave. does not have an 880 on/off ramp or out to Stevens Creek (Santana Row and Valley Fair traffic? No Thanks!) since Moorpark only has a 280 on ramp and no 880 on/off ramps... Traveling so far out of your way just to get to anywhere near Home, Downtown Campbell, existing businesses is just INSANE! It will only make the City of Campbell suffer.
What about Parking? In N Out is well known for the meals they provide and have a very strong demand. The demand alone overflows their parking lots with cars standing in the drive thru blocking open parking spaces in their own lot causing traffic to flow out onto residential streets or Hamilton Ave. The domino effect is overwhelming. They will create a huge back up in both driveways leading to this lot off Almarida and Hamilton, Almarida will be at a stand still with cars coming off of Hamilton to use the alternate driveway and cars will back up onto Hamilton. Customers getting to INO will begin traveling through the side streets to come up Almarida from the other direction using Central Ave to turn into the side driveway only making street wear and tear worse on the roads since they were not designed to handle a heavy flow of traffic and taking away the residential neighborhood feel and calm. Parked cars will begin to take over spaces near Panera Bread and Bed, Bath & Beyond and Kohl's as well as the open street parking used as residential parking for the apartment community and homes on Almarida.
Noise factor: The 3 surrounding locations in Santa Clara and San Jose open as early as 10:00am and close as late as 1:30am. Late night customers will also flood this area. Residential zones are just too close by to tolerate this noise level from customers, cars and loud music.
During the daytime will add the brick wall of traffic getting in and out of the schools in the area with children.
A business with such impressive demand would be great for the City of Campbell just not in this location.
Thank you for your time,